Our Team

Who We Are

Mission Statement
To be a caring and creative team, committed to anticipating and exceeding the needs of our community.

A Message from Human Resources
The Human Resources Office is currently comprised of several teams including Employment, Benefits and Wellness, Staff Relations and Compensation, and Administration and Technology. As GVSU embarks on a new chapter with the Reach Higher 2025 campaign, we intend to improve the quality of each of our services as a department to better meet the needs of GVSU as we shape the future of the university. 

Our goal moving forward is to reposition Human Resources to support the changes and challenges that may face the university. To this end, we will dedicate ourselves to strive for “world class” performance, while delivering HR products and services that exceed university expectations. 

We thank you for your patience as we reimagine Human Resources to align with the vision of the university we aspire to become.

Organizational Chart

HR organizational chart

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Mychal Coleman

Mychal Coleman

Associate Vice President of Human Resources
Office Address: 1090 James H. Zumberge Hall (1090 JHZ)
Phone: (616) 331-2215
Email: colemamy@gvsu.edu

Ruthanne Griffin

Ruthanne Griffin

Director of HR Administration & Technology
Office Address:
 1090 James H. Zumberge Hall (1090 JHZ)
Phone: (616) 331-2215
Email: griffinr@gvsu.edu

Deb Sanders

Deb Sanders

Director of Compensation & Staff Relations
Office Address:
 1090 James H. Zumberge Hall (1090 JHZ)
Phone: (616) 331-2215
Email: sandedeb@gvsu.edu

Tara Bivens

Tara Bivens

Senior Manager of Benefits
Office Address:
 1090 James H. Zumberge Hall (1090 JHZ)
Phone: (616) 331-2220
Email: bivenst@gvsu.edu

Lindsey DesArmo

Lindsey DesArmo

Senior Manager of Wellness & HR Communications 
Office Address: 1090 James H. Zumberge Hall (1090 JHZ)
Phone: (616) 331-2215
Email: desarmli@gvsu.edu

Megan Bravo

Megan Bravo

HR Business Partner & Talent Acquisition Advisor
Office Address: 1090 James H. Zumberge Hall (JHZ)
Phone: (616) 331-2215
Email: bravome@gvsu.edu

Becky Berrevoets

Becky Berrevoets

HR Business Partner & Compensation Analyst
Office Address: 1090 James H. Zumberge Hall (JHZ)
Phone: (616) 331-2215
Email: berrevor@gvsu.edu

Nick Ekstrom

Nick Ekstrom

Benefits Specialist 
Office Address:
 1090 James H. Zumberge Hall (1090 JHZ)
Phone: (616) 331-2220
Email: ekstron1@gvsu.edu

Adam MacRae

Adam MacRae

HR Specialist
Office Address:
 1090 James H. Zumberge Hall (1090 JHZ)
Phone: (616) 331-2215
Email: macraead@gvsu.edu

Natalie Trent

Natalie Trent

HR Specialist 
Office Address:
 1090 James H. Zumberge Hall (1090 JHZ)
Phone: (616) 331-2215
Email: trentnat@gvsu.edu 

Torrey Thomas

Torrey Thomas

Administrative Assistant
Office Address: 1090 James H. Zumberge Hall (JHZ)
Phone: (616) 331-2215
Email: thomator@gvsu.edu

Krista McFarland

Krista McFarland

HR Generalist
Office Address:
 1090 James H. Zumberge Hall (1090 JHZ)
Phone: (616) 331-2215
Email: mcfarlak@gvsu.edu

Chris Grooms

Chris Grooms

HR Generalist
Office Address: 1090 James H. Zumberge Hall (JHZ)
Phone: (616) 331-2215
Email: groomsch@gvsu.edu

Anna Osifo

Anna Osifo

HR Administration Assistant
Office Address: 1090 James H. Zumberge Hall (JHZ)
Phone: (616) 331-2215
Email: osifoa@gvsu.edu

Photo of HR staff member John Steeno

John Steeno

HR Administration Assistant
Office Address: 1090 James H. Zumberge Hall (JHZ)
Phone: (616) 331-2215
Email: steenoj@gvsu.edu

Lisa Berry

Lisa Berry

HR Office Assistant
Office Address: 1090 James H. Zumberge Hall (JHZ)
Phone: (616) 331-2215
Email: berrylis@gvsu.edu

Chelsea Best

Chelsea Best

Wellness & Communications Coordinator
Office Address:
1090 James H. Zumberge Hall (JHZ)
Phone: (616) 331-2215
Email: bestchel@gvsu.edu

Jaimee Langeland

Jaimee Langeland

Benefits Coordinator
Office Address:
1090 James H. Zumberge Hall (JHZ)
Phone: (616) 331-2215
Email: langelaj@gvsu.edu

Gary Atkins

Gary Atkins

Work Life Consultant, Powered by Encompass
Email: 
v_worklife@gvsu.edu

Doriana Gould

Doriana Gould

Document Imaging
Email: 
gouldd@gvsu.edu

Jim Fox

Jim Fox

GVSU Staff Relations
Email:
 v_staffrel@gvsu.edu